Seattle >Pets & Animals > Ahimsa Dog Training
902 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810747.664576 -122.368877
Neighborhoods: Ballard, West Woodland
A wonderful approach to training your dog – I love Ahimsa's approach to understanding your dogs behavior and changing it for the better. I tried training with dominance and correction on an earlier pet and it never really worked for me. Thanks to Ahimsa, I have a well trained older dog and a young dog who is on his way! The instructors are all excellent, but you may develop a favorite - mine are Rachel and Mirielle. The way that you sign up for classes can be confusing, but work your way through that & go to as many classes as you can!
Great Results Every Time – I first went to Ahimsa in 2006 with my then 3 month old puppy for puppy play and training. I was VERY proud of my pup after taking the puppy classes there. We eventually moved up to the basic manners and then the advanced manners classes (My dog knows her left from her right, need I say more). A couple of years later after a dog attack, my dog became leash aggressive (freaking out and growling at other dogs when out for a walk). I signed her right up again for the growly dog class at Ahimsa. This was really more about training me than the dog (okay, I guess it was ME that was freaking out when we would see other dogs after that attack). But the difference after that class was amazing; I was no longer scared to go on walks and once again having enjoyable walks with my pooch. I have also taken the responsible Pit Bull owners class there as well and really learned a lot to keep my dog from becoming a statistic. I am now enrolled in basic manners again with a 1 year old rescue Chihuahua. Only 2 classes in and this little guy can come when called, sit, go to his dog bed, wait, leave it and walk pretty good on leash. I clearly can't recommend them enough and have gone back again and again. I will say, that there is a certain amount of coordination the dog owner needs to have to click-and-treat on the right cue from your dog to properly train them. All the dogs need is consistency. If someone doesn't see good results from their classes, it's not your dog, or the teachers...it's you.
Very helpful – We were very happy with the basic manners class. Our dog was a rescue and needed extra help and that was not a problem with Ahimsa. I love the humane traing methods!!
Puppy Love! – We have a bulldog that I took through several classes at Ahimsa as a puppy and we are so glad we did. He started class at 10 weeks old. We met up with his litter mates at 6 months old and again last week for their birthday and he listens so much better than his sibs. We continue to be so happy that we went through classes Ahimsa. I just wish they had a big dog play time there!
An underwhelming experience. Some dogs are not going to be magic clicker monkeys. – The online manual and movies are very good quality information. Definitely the best part of the program.
Unfortunately, my dog just wasn't that compelled by clickery. He picked up the basic moves, but not any faster or more thoroughly than new behaviors I have taught him with praise and no click-and-treat. I also was never able to successfully walk my dog with anything less than a prong collar, which I was ashamed to bring to class, making all walking class exercises much more difficult for both me and my dog. We bought a halter system from the instructor but it caused serious chafing, and seemed to turn our mutt into a "sled dog" albeit one who goes in circles due to the front-cinching of the harness. The actual class instruction part of the program was the least helpful. The first day the dog was too keyed up by seeing so many other dogs in one place he had no hope of concentrating (shelter flashbacks, perhaps?) The rest of the classes didn't follow the lesson plan provided on the homework. We jumped ahead on some things and skipped others completely. After three classes we decided that hour of our busy lives could be better spent with our dog alone, than in a room of other misbehaving dogs, with a distracted instructor who didn't seem in touch with our training at all. "Maybe you need smellier treats" is not the kind of tip I expected to get for the money and reputation this program has.
In the future, I would probably spend the same amount of money for an hour with a private trainer rather than take a group class again. And I think you would be well served to go buy a clicker and charge it up with your dog and see if he is responsive to the method or not, there are books in the library.
I don't normally review much but there were so many glowing reviews on this school, I thought another viewpoint might be of service to the community.
Best place for ALL dogs – I've taken my small dog to a weekly small dog play group with Grisha for about two years. It has been a wonderful experience for socializing my three and a half year old shih tzu. Grisha always takes time to explain animal behavior to all involved. She has a real intuition about what dogs need and makes the environment fun and safe. Today there were nine small dogs of varying breeds who romped and played for an hour in Grisha's Ballard space. It is by far the best $10 I spend every week.
not so great with puppies – I have two friends whose puppies were kicked out of basic manners classes for "rough play" and "aggression" (one just happens happens to be a pitbull mix). I thought basic manners classes were supposed to work with that sort of thing and teach puppies how to play appropriately. They were not refunded their money and were sent to another organization who, for one dog, was told he was not aggressive at all. They decided to get a second opinion and that trainer ALSO said the dog was not aggressive at all.
Puppies need guidance not fearful trainers who are not willing to work with a difficult dog. Seems like they are not willing to work with "scary" breeds or excitable puppies.
Basic Manners with Jennifer was awesome! – We love this place! We just completed the Basic Manners course with Jennifer and can't say enough good things about her. We have a very energetic/aggressive Border collie and Lab mix. We weren't sure she was even behaved enough to take the Basic Manners course because of the close proximity to other dogs, but Jennifer set up a special part of the classroom with a curtain just for us and modified the drills so that we could practice in our own area. Every week she would come in with a new strategy for us to try to help our dog be less aggressive on walks. And the course progressed at a great pace. We are already signed up for our next class with Ahimsa. Jennifer is a great trainer and we highly recommend any course that she is teaching.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Certified pet dog trainer uses a non-violent clicker-based approach; semi-private and group sessions and behavior problems including aggression.
Wonderful trainer of humans and dogs – I recommend Grisha to everyone! She is a caring and patient person who is knows her stuff. I was a newbie to dog ownership, and she was a great find. She patiently answered all my questions and worries. I am now the proud owner of a well behaved teenage Golden Retriever- that says something! All her training is positive, and it works. I have a well-mannered, good on a leash, well socialized dog that follows commands to prove it.
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